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RUGBY UNION: London Welsh v Pontypridd
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Welsh 26, Ponty 23
But that proves the final action. Welsh win 26-23
And it gets even more nervy after Garyn Smith goes over for Ponty.
The bonus point is out of range now, so Welsh just need to close out the win
Robinson penalty makes it 26-18
Humberstone drop goal for 23-18
Robinson converts superbly. Welsh 23, Ponty 15
Back come Welsh and Ajuwa barges through for his second try
Humberstone's conversion is just short. Welsh 16, Ponty 15
No 8 Jordan Sieniawski piles over from the line-out to make it 16-15
More Ponty pressure as Welsh struggle to clear
Tries are proving hard to come by, but Robinson lands another penalty for 16-10
Welsh replace their entire front row.
However, the Exiles disrupt well and win a penalty to clear
Real pressure as Welsh concede 5m scrum
He slots it. Welsh 13, Ponty 10
Welsh win a penalty 40m out and Robinson goes for goal
second half under way
Half-time: Welsh 10, Ponty 10
Decent move for Welsh ends when James Lewis knocks on
The action is more around halfway now as five minutes remain in the half
Never thought I'd see the day I was sat reading a live rugby match feed!! @PontypriddRFC v London welsh! #cumonponty 🏉— @HayleyDugdale 12 January 2014
Still plenty of niggle from both sides, making for an entertaining game
But can't take advantage as they knock on from the driving maul
Welsh go for the corner from a very kickable position
Robinson converts for 10-10
Welsh's Joe Ajuwa forces his way over on the right. Welsh 8, Ponty 10
It's getting feisty as Welsh win a penalty inside Ponty's 22 and go for the corner
Humberstone slots it. Welsh 3, Ponty 10
Ponty now have a very kickable penalty
Ponty have clearly come to play and play with passion.
Fly half Simon Humberstone converts flanker Thomas Young's try. Welsh 3, Ponty 7
Ponty score try after line-out move
Robinson slots it. Welsh 3, Ponty 0
Welsh win penalty in front of the posts and fly half Will Robinson will kick for goal
And we're off!
The sides are out on the pitch
The Ponty fans are in good voice. Can Welsh match them on and off the field?
Here are the line-ups...
London Welsh: Scott, Tincknell, J Lewis, Parker, Ajuwa, Robinson, R Lewis (capt), Moss, Davis, Edwards, West, Nimmo, Thorpe, Denbee, Stedman.
Reps: Morris, Hepburn, Griffiths, Carrick-Smith, Kirwan, Frost, Jewell.
Pontypridd: Walsh, O Jenkins, Smith, Pascoe, Nuthall, Humberstone (capt), T Williams, Phillips, Belcher, Palmer, Locke, Normandale, Shellard, Young, Sieniawski.
Reps: L Williams, Flanagan, Summerhill, Hetherington, O’Connor, Howe, K Jenkins.
That tweet was from Ollie Stedman, who starts at No 8 today and is one of only three London Welsh players to retain their places from last week's league victory at Jersey.
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En route to the Kassam... First game back at home in 2014 for @LondonWelshRFC... #coyw #bigyear— @oliverstedman 12 January 2014
The floodlights are already on in the gloomy conditions. Let's hope for a bright game when the action begins at 3pm.
London Welsh play their first home of 2014, chasing qualification to the British & Irish Cup's knockout stages. Welsh should guarantee top spot in Pool 2 and a quarter-final place if they can pick up a bonus-point victory over Pontypridd today and do the same at London Scottish next Saturday. If they lose, it is all over for the cup.
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